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SLASH Confirms That His 'Stolen' Top Hat Has Been Recovered

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) spoke by phone to Jim Bone of WBSX-97.9X in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA on Thursday (March 3) about finally locating his stolen top hat and performing at the Grammy Awards, among other topics. Asked about the status of his missing hat, Slash said, "This guy has popped up, he's surfaced ...

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IMPALED To Guest On 1077 THE BONE's 'Metal Zone'

Oakland's IMPALED will be on 107.7 The Bone's "Metal Zone" with Billy Steel on Friday night, March 4 between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to talk about their new album, new label, and "their plans to kill themselves sometime in the near future in a public place," according to an official press release. You ...

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Former KORN Guitarist's Appearance Draws Crowd Of Nearly 10,000

Misty Williams of the Bakersfield Californian is reporting that hundreds of KORN fans mingled in with thousands of regular church members and curious visitors at the Valley Bible Fellowship in east Bakersfield, California Sunday morning (Feb. 27) to hear their rock star idol, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch of platinum-selling metal band KORN. Money and fame ...

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The Voyeurs of Destruction - PURE SWEET HELL

I've had the pleasure of having "Voyeurs" for well over a year and a half. So, some of my observations are how well this release has held up for me, but I'll still try and tell you what it "sounds" like, which is the toughest part of any review, especially this band. They put the ...

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PURE SWEET HELL To Film Video For 'Innocence And The Beast'

PURE SWEET HELL, the metal band featuring NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, are working on a video for the song "Innocence and the Beast". "We hope to have it finished sometime in the spring," the band write in a newsletter. "Innocence and the Beast" comes off the group's full-length debut, "The Voyeurs of Utter Destruction As ...

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MELIAH RAGE Putting Finishing Touches On New Studio Album

The pioneering thrash metal band MELIAH RAGE are finishing the recording of their upcoming studio album, "The Deep And Dreamless Sleep", scheduled for release by mid-year on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Band leader/guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols, vocalist Paul Souza, guitarist Jim Koury, bass guitarist Jesse Johnson and returning original drummer Stuart Dowie are working on "The Deep ...

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DARK ANGEL: 'Reunion' Video Footage Posted Online

Video footage of DARK ANGEL's "reunion" gig in 2002 has been posted online at StudioCam.org. The clip, which was shot on September 30, 2002 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California (with KREATOR and DESTRUCTION as the headliners), is about four minutes long and features the band — guitarists Jim Durkin and Eric Meyer, ...

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HAVOCHATE Sign With INDECENT MEDIA

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have signed a new worldwide deal with Indecent Media. The group's sophomore album, "Cycle of Pain", is scheduled for release on March 15. "We had been in contact with other labels and they all offered us more or less the same things," stated ...

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Is Rock Dead?

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News has issued the following report: "Is rock dead? Not quite. But judging from its performance on the charts — and compared to its biggest bands and trends from a few years ago — it's wheezing. Cast your eye down 2004's Top 10-selling album list and you won't ...

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MORDRED To Play Reunion Show In New York City

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area funk-metallers MORDRED have announced that they will be playing a live show in New York City to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their original lineup. The show, which is scheduled for April 22 at Don Hill's, will have the "explosive" support from New York City's own ARSON CLASS and SHOWGUN. ...

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MSNBC: DARKTHRONE A Better GRAMMY Choice?

LAMB OF GOD, CONVERGE, SATYRICON and — DARKTHRONE? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD Perform As 'SLIPKNOT' In Front Of Home State Crowd

The following was sent to us by a BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor from Ohio: "At MUSHROOMHEAD's three recent Northeast Ohio shows, the band reportedly wore SLIPKNOT costumes/masks for their entire set. The band also did an interview on WMMS this past Sunday night (Jan. 30) and talked about the SLIPKNOT outfits. They said they did it solely ...

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SLIPKNOT Guitarist Prefers Studio To Road

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that SLIPKNOT will kick off their next North American tour in a little over a month, but if it was up to guitarist James Root, he'd spend more time in the studio working on new music. Root said he thinks SLIPKNOT has been able to break new musical ground with ...

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ROTTING CORPSE Demos To Be Released On CD

Renowned '80s thrash band ROTTING CORPSE, whose original lineup included current SOLITUDE AETURNUS mainman John Perez and former DEATH touring guitarist/roadie Walter Trachsler, are planning on releasing all their demos on one CD. In a 2002 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Perez talked about ROTTING CORPSE's formation and the possibility of the band reuniting to record an ...

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It's Official: SPOCK'S BEARD Drummer To Join FATES WARNING On European Tour

As widely expected, legendary progressive metallers FATES WARNING have officially recruited SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio to replace Mark Zonder on their upcoming European tour. Nick is a first-class drummer and toured with such artists as TEARS FOR FEARS, MIKE KENEALLY, JONATHAN BROOKE, ERIC BURDON, SPOCK'S BEARD, KEVIN GILBERT, DEBARGE and THE LEGENDS OF CLASSIC ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Comedy Sketches Posted Online

A couple of hilarious comedy/music sketches starring "heavy metal" comedian Jim Breuer ("Saturday Night Live") and Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) have been posted online at Crapshoot.tv. According to one BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor, "There's lots of Zakk playing, and even one where he actually remembers how to sing normally!" Check them out at

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FATES WARNING Confirmed For Holland's HEADWAY FESTIVAL

Legendary progressive metal act FATES WARNING have been confirmed as the headliners of the Headway Festival in Amstelveen, Netherlands on April 3. The band's appearance at Headway and their previously announced five headlining shows in February will most likely be their only shows in Europe this year. After April, FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos will ...

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